Category Archives: Patchett, Ann

Family Drama: Ann Patchett, Commonwealth

I enjoyed reading Commonwealth: I was engaged all the way through. But I was never gripped by it. I kept waiting for it to go deeper, or get darker, and it just stayed the same: the prose is cool, almost detached, the diffuse ingredients assembled with that air of meaningful randomness that seems to govern a lot […]

Summer Rerun: Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

It has been quiet around here, as I have been busy with family visitors and special events–including my daughter’s 10th birthday party. I’ll be back in business soon! In the meantime, I’ve been hearing a lot about Ann Patchett’s new novel, State of Wonder, and that made me think again about how much I was […]

Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

Bel Canto is a beautiful, poignant, and fragile novel about the beauty, poignancy, and fragility of art and love. The simplicity of its narrative suits the underlying simplicity of its ideas: that music can transcend differences, for instance, or that art and love and beauty matter and should be nourished and shared. In the early […]

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